The law firm Greenberg Traurig is being sued for gender discrimination by a class of hundreds of female employees.
The women claim that Greenberg Traurig routinely discriminates against current and potential female shareholders in hiring, promotion and compensation. According to the complaint, Greenberg Traurig CEO Richard Rosenbaum, who makes all employment and compensation decisions for the firm, called the female partners in the firm’s Philadelphia “worthless.”
In a press release, Sanford Heisler, LLP, the law firm representing the class of plaintiffs, claims that Greenberg Traurig’s “male management claimed that certain male shareholders ‘needed the money’ more than female shareholders because the men had families to support.”
The EEOC conducted an extensive investigation into the allegations of gender discrimination at Greenberg Traurig and concluded in June that there is “reasonable cause” to support class-wide claims of gender discrimination in compensation, that there is reasonable cause to support claims that women are treated less favorably in their employment conditions, and that there is reasonable cause to support an allegation of retaliation.
Katherine Kimpel, Managing Partner of the DC office of Sanford Heisler, said, “The legal profession has been, ironically, a bastion of gender discrimination. While women make up 45% of law firm associates, only 15% of equity partners generally and less than 10% of equity partners at Greenberg Traurig are women. This case not only will force Greenberg Traurig to clean up its house but also should encourage other large law firms to turn a critical eye to the way they treat their own female attorneys. The time for women attorneys to work twice as hard for half the reward is long past.”